The special Music and Social Change issue of Songlines (March 2012 #82) is on sale in the UK from February 3 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet, plus a second free CD Brazil: New Series.
The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by BBC Radio presenter Mike Harding.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from the late great experimentalist Martyn Bennett ; gravel-voiced Argentinian tanguero Melingo; Quebecois big band La Bottine Souriante; Yiddish klezmer from the Other Europeans; Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera; and Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor’s new collaborative project, among others.
The main editorial features include:
Music and Social Change Special Issue
• Rise Up! – In light of Youssou N’Dour’s decision to run for office in Senegal, we examine the ever-close relationship between music and politics.
• Cambodian Living Arts – As high-ranking members of the Khmer Rouge stand trial, we hear the horror stories from some of the survivors of the killing fields.
• International Women’s Day – A look at Norway’s Førde Festival and how its theme last year marked the achievements of female musicians across the world.
• Rodrigo y Gabriela – Two of Songlines’ esteemed writers battle it out over the Marmite of world music.
• Andy Kershaw – What it was really like to work with one of music’s most outspoken men.
• Martyn Bennett – Remembering the Scottish rebel and purveyor of Celtic dance music.
• Carolina Chocolate Drops – The act who are resurrecting the upbeat old-time, black string band music.
• Sounding Out Tallinn – all the best places to see and hear music in the Estonian capital.
• Beginner’s Guide to the Albion Band.
• Postcard from Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
• Festival Profile: La Grande Rencontre, Canada.
• Backpage from Israel.
• My World – BBC radio presenter Mike Harding.
• Grooves – English folk musician Ashley Hutchings, BBC producer James Parkin and author of the book Music & Politics John Street.
• News, including Songlines Encounters Festival and Cerys Matthews.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and World Cinema releases.